Sorrento Back Beach

Mornington Peninsula: Ocean Beaches



Cheviot Beach Cheviot Beach: An isolated beach near Point Nepean, it was named after the SS Cheviot which broke up and sank nearby with the loss of 35 lives on 20 October 1887. Its other claim to fame is that it was here, on 17 December 1967, that Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared, and was presumed drowned, while swimming at the beach. He was last seen in the ocean and was then dragged under a wave, never to be seen again. His body was never found.

Gunnamatta Beach: Ocean surf beach within the Mornington Peninsula National Park. Care should be taken because rips can make this beach unsafe for swimming. Gunnamatta Surf Life Saving Club and professional lifeguards patrol the beach from the end of November to Easter (daily from December 26-January 26. Weekends and public holidays at other times).

Portsea Surf Beach: A opular surf beach. Part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park. Can be treacherous at times and care should be taken. Patrolled from the end of November to Easter by Portsea Surf Life Saving Club and professional lifeguards (daily from December 26-January 26. Weekends and public holidays at other times).

Rye Ocean Beach: Surf beach within Mornington Peninsula National Park. Walking track to beach. Care should be taken because rips can make the beach unsafe for swimming.

Sorrento Ocean Beach: A popular surf beach. Part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park. Picnic and barbecue areas. Kiosk, tearooms. Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club and professional lifeguards patrol from the end of November to Easter (daily from December 26-January 26. Weekends and public holidays at other times).

Point Nepean: The western tip of Point Nepean, from Cheviot Hill out to the point and around to Observatory Point in the bay, is part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park. Three beaches are accessible from the point s road, via walking tracks down the backing bluffs. Pearce Hill and Nepean Hill Beaches face south-west and have waves averaging 1.7 m breaking on the outer reefs. The best spot for surf is off Point Nepean Beach, where the waves that wrap around just inside the point produce a left over the sand and reef flats, called Quarantine.





Gunnamatta Beach and Cape Shanck


Cheviot Beach

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